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Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Tips to Adding Security to Your Business on a Budget

Owning a business can be complicated and a challenge as there are many moving parts at any given moment. If your business is large enough, you likely have employees to manage, budgets to keep track of, and clients to accommodate. Being a business owner means that you are busy and constantly on the move, leaving you no time to monitor the office and make sure that there are no unsavory actions taking place by employees or others. This article will provide some tips on how to add security to your business while staying on a budget.

1. Invest in hidden cameras. Cameras can be installed in a way that is not noticeable to others. When installing, be sure that you do not have any cords hanging out of random places and be sure that it is in a place that is not going to cause a liability. For example, there is no reason to hide a camera in a bathroom stall. However, it is reasonable to hide one in the employee break room. Theft can happen anywhere and at anytime. Perhaps you noticed that your printer paper is disappearing. A hidden camera by the printer could be useful as you can find out who is taking the reams of paper for their own use.

2. Hire a security guard. While this is not the cheapest option as you will have to pay the worker an hourly rate, it may be a way to have security at particular times during the day or night that you find it most useful. For example, if you are unable to install enough cameras to oversee the perimeter of your office, you may want to hire security to monitor the office and parking lot after hours to ensure that nothing strange happens.

3. Use a cloud service. Using a cloud service can help you keep documents and information protected. It also allows you to access information from anywhere that you have internet access which is very convenient. Saving your documents, client information, and other important data on a cloud service can prevent any of it being stolen by malware or corrupted by computer viruses.

4. Update passwords. Many companies are requiring that their employees update their passwords every few months. This helps to safeguard against any password that could potentially be stolen. Consider requiring your employees to update their passwords as a preventative way to deter theft of company files and information. This safety measure does not cost you a dime! If you have a small budget to help with this task, consider using LastPass as it can help your team generate and save their passwords.

5. Training. The easiest way to deter theft and keep your information secure is by training your staff to understand the importance of doing so. Helping your staff understand your expectations surrounding the security of the business and laying out clear guidelines for what is theft and what is not is a great way to deter theft from occurring. For example, if you see taking a pen home from one’s desk a method of stealing, this should be communicated as someone may accidentally take a pen home. It is best to be clear about what is stealing and what is not.

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